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AVIANO, Italy — Those interested in learning more about other cultures — or at least checking out people in folk costumes while eating and drinking — can do so for the next couple of days.

Aviano and Piancavallo are hosting an international folklore festival for the 40th year, with events scheduled through Aug. 15 in Aviano, Piancavallo, Pordenone and Lignano.

The main nights of interest in Aviano include:

Sunday: The area’s representative for the Miss Italia contest will be selected starting at 9 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday: Groups of dancers from seven different countries perform starting at 9:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Teams will participate in a variety of popular games.

Friday: The final show featuring the dancers begins at 9:15 p.m.

Booths selling food and wine will open before the performances each night. Groups this year come from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Colombia and Portugal.

Two groups from Italy will also perform.

For more information, visit www.avianofolkfestival.com and click on the American flag.

Rota security forces search for infiltratorsU.S. Navy security personnel at the base in Rota, Spain, spent Friday looking for four people who might have gained unauthorized access to the base, but found no evidence that anyone breached the base perimeter, a Navy official said.

Base security received an alert about 11 p.m. Thursday that four unauthorized people accessed the base, spokesman Lt. Mike Morley said.

"It was a sighting that couldn’t be verified," Morley said.

Friday, security officials "increased patrols and have asked residents through [American Forces Network] that if they see any unusual person to inform security."

In the past, illegal immigrants transiting the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco have accessed the base, being dropped off on the waterfront portion of the base by boats, Morley said.

Army: Caserma Ederle water safe to consumeVICENZA, Italy —The base’s water supply is once again safe to drink, U.S. Army officials said Friday afternoon.

Last week, hydrocarbons were found in the Caserma Ederle water distribution system, prompting Army officials to recommend soldiers and their families not drink or cook with the water until additional testing was completed.

Bottled water was made available to everyone on Caserma Ederle.

On Friday, test results from an Italian laboratory and the U.S. Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Europe showed the water was safe to drink, according to an Army news release.

Based on the earlier results, the garrison flushed the distribution system as a precautionary measure, said Bill Delozier, acting chief of the department of public works.

The latest results show "this water meets the criteria for safe drinking water in accordance with Italian and U.S. standards," said Col. Lorraine Breen, Vicenza clinic commander. "The reports ruled out any dangerous hydrocarbons."


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